Toro Rosso’s Kvyat is fastest in F1 testing

Russian returnee Daniil Kvyat put his Honda-powered Toro Rosso on top of Formula One's testing timesheets at the Circuit de Catalunya yesterday morning (Singapore time) with the fastest lap yet in 2019.

After former Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen led the way for Alfa Romeo earlier, Kvyat went quicker with a lap of 1min 17.704sec on the softest and fastest type of tyre.

"We always knew we were going to end up P1," joked the Russian, who was dropped by Toro Rosso in 2017 and spent a year as a Ferrari simulator driver before being given another chance by the Red Bull-owned team.

"The priority was not that (to be fastest) but to bounce back after the first day which wasn't ideal," added Kvyat.

"Today we covered more (laps) than planned. A productive day."

Kvyat did 137 laps, one fewer than Raikkonen's top tally but more than Sebastian Vettel's 134 for Ferrari, in an impressive showing for Honda after years of being plagued by poor reliability and performance.

Vettel was fourth fastest, ending his team's run of being fastest every day, but using harder and slower tyres than those above him. - REUTERS